This gallery draws on the direct experience of artists visiting an area of southeastern Ohio where hydraulic fracturing is common.
PERRYSBURG, Ohio – An art exhibit at the Walter E. Terhune Art Gallery at Owens Community College focuses on the effects of hydraulic fracturing on the environment.
The temporary exhibition is entitled, The Heavens and the Earth.
“The chemicals and elements of this process get to everyone. Whether it’s in the atmosphere or in the brine that rises from underground, containing up to 600 chemicals,” said Beth Genson, artist. residency at Owens Community College.
Hydraulic fracturing is a process of using hydraulics to break up the soil below the earth’s surface in order to access natural gas and oil.
While it’s not a typical sight in Northwestern Ohio, Genson says some of what is produced is transported statewide.
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Genson says she draws on her first-hand experience in an area of southeastern Ohio where hydraulic fracturing is common.
“It had such an impact on me, that I wanted to create a job that would talk about it, and also raise money for the project to get further regulation in Ohio,” Genson said.
Genson says she wants visitors to come out of the exhibit with an understanding of the effects of hydraulic fracturing in our state.
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As she experiences the gallery, she says you can help make changes for the future.
“25 percent of the sale of all work goes to the Freshwater Responsibility Group. They are working hard to put in place regulations and legislation in Ohio to regulate the hydraulic fracturing industry here in the Ohio, ”Genson said.
The exhibition will be on view until August 13.
On Thursday July 22, there will be a reception at the gallery to show the work to the community and meet the artists. It goes from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
You can find information about the exhibition and the reception here.